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What the apostles John says about zoe genuine-life
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The apostle John says much about this zoe genuine-life in his gospel account of Jesus: In Him was zoe, and the zoe was the light of mankind (a). So must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who has trusting-relying-faith in Him may have eternal zoe. For this is the way God unconditionally-loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who has trusting-relying-faith in Him will not perish but have eternal zoe (b). The one who has trusting-relying-faith in the Son has eternal zoe. The one who rejects the Son will not see zoe, but God’s wrath remains on him (c). But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal zoe (d). I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears My logos message and has trusting-relying-faith in the One who sent Me has eternal zoe and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to zoe (e). For just as the Father has zoe in Himself, thus He has granted the Son to have zoe in Himself (f). You (the Jewish teachers) study the scriptures thoroughly because you suppose in them you possess eternal zoe, but it is these same scriptures that testify about Me, but you are not willing to come to Me so that you may have zoe (g). Do not work for the food that disappears, but for the food that remains to eternal zoe – the food which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put His seal of approval on Him (h). For the bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives zoe to the world (i). I am the bread of zoe. The one who comes to Me will never go hungry, and the one who has trusting-relying-faith in Me will never be thirsty (j). For this is the will of my Father – for everyone who looks on the Son and has trusting-relying-faith in Him to have eternal zoe, and I will raise him up at the last day (k). I tell you the solemn truth, the one who has trusting-relying-faith has eternal zoe. I am the bread of zoe (l). I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the zoe of the world is My flesh (m). I tell you the solemn truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no zoe in yourselves. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal zoe, and I will raise him up on the last day (n). The Spirit is the one who gives zoe. human nature is of no help! The prophetic-rhema words that I have spoken to you are Spirit and are zoe (o). <Notes> a) John 1:4, b) 3:15-16, c) 3:36, d) 4:14, e) 5:24, f) 5:26, g) 5:39-40, h) 6:27, i) 6:33, j) 6:35, k) 6:40, l) 6:47-48, m) 6:51, n) 6:53-54, o) 6:63.
John continues with Jesus’ words: I am the light of the world. The one who follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of zoe (a). The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have zoe, and may have it abundantly (b). I give them eternal zoe, and they will never perish. no one will snatch them from My hand (c). Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the zoe. The one who has trusting-relying-faith in Me will live even if he dies (d). The one who loves his zoe destroys it, and the one who hates his zoe in this world guards it for eternal zoe (e). I am the way, and the truth, and the zoe. No one comes to the Father except through Me (f). Just as you have given Him authority over all humanity, so that He may give eternal zoe to everyone you have given Him. Now this is eternal zoe – that they experientially, relationally ginosko know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent (g). But these (h) are recorded (by John) so that you may have trusting-relying-faith that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by having trusting-relying-faith you may have zoe in His name/authority (i). <Notes> a) John 8:12, b) 10:10, c) 10:28, d) 11:25, e) 12:25, f) 14:6, g) 17:2-3, h) sample of many events & teachings of Jesus, i) 20:31.
In his letters, John adds: This is what we proclaim to you: what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and our hands have touched concerning the logos message of zoe – And this zoe was revealed, and we have seen and testify and announce to you the eternal zoe that was with the Father and was revealed to us (a). Now this is the promise that He Himself made to us: eternal zoe (b). We know that we have crossed over from death to zoe because we unconditionally-love our fellow Christians. The one who does not unconditionally-love remains in death. Everyone who hates his fellow Christian is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal zoe residing in him (c). And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal zoe, and this zoe is in His Son. The one who has the Son has this eternal zoe. The one who does not have the Son of God does not have this eternal zoe. I have written these things to you who have trusting-relying-faith in the name/authority of the Son of God so that you may eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know that you have eternal zoe (d). And we eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know that the Son of God has come and has given us dianoia insight (e) to experientially, relationally ginosko know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This one is the true God and eternal zoe (f). <Notes> a) 1 John 1:1-2, b) 2:25, c) 3:14-15, d) 5:11-13, e) thorough, balanced reasoning of intellect, f) 5:20.
In the Book of Revelation, John adds: The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers/overcomes, I will permit him to eat from the tree of zoe that is in the paradise of God (a). The one who conquers/overcomes will be dressed like them in white clothing, and I will never erase his name from the book of zoe, but will declare his name before my Father and before His angels (b) because the Lamb in the middle of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of zao living water (c), and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (d). It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water free of charge from the spring of the water of zoe (e). And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say: ‘Come!’ And let the one who is thirsty come. Let the one who wants it take the water of zoe free of charge (f). <Notes> a) Revelation 2:7, b) 3:5, c) see Spirit-Baptism, d) 7:17, e) 21:6, f) 22:17.